NC Forest Service’s annual tree seedling sale begins


A longleaf pine. Photo: NC Forest Service

From conifers to hardwoods, millions of seedlings are for sale through the North Carolina Forest Service.

The Forest Service’s nursery program, which produces enough native and genetically enhanced tree seedlings each year to plant about 30,000 hectares of land, began selling annual tree seedlings on Wednesday, officials said.

“The importance of healthy trees and forests cannot be overstated as they bring myriad benefits to our state’s environment and to each of us,” Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in a statement. “I strongly encourage landowners to take advantage of both the quantity and quality of the tree species that the North Carolina Forest Service produces here in our state.”

Information on tree types, quantities, and costs can be found on the forest service website or in the seedling catalogs of forestry departments statewide. For location information, go to

Each species description includes information on ideal planting sites and whether a species is typically used for wildlife welfare, forest habitat restoration, or as a marketable timber.

Tree seedlings can be ordered from the online seedling store at or the NC Forest Service website by calling 1-888-NCTREES (1-888-628-7337) or 919-731-7988.

Orders are distributed from January to March depending on weather conditions.

Orders can be shipped to one of 13 distribution centers across the state for a small fee, or via UPS for a fee, or picked up at either the State Forest Service Claridge Nursery in Goldsboro or, for those in the western part of the state, at the Linville River Nursery nearby by Crossnore.